Scotland has a worldwide reputation as a country of outstanding natural beauty; one of the reasons it remains one of the most searched for locations on Savills website. More than 90% of the country remains undeveloped, and the countryside is blessed with more than 30,000 freshwater lochs, 6,000 miles of coastline, 550 golf courses and 282 Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft).
With a population of five million people, Scotland attracts a further 2.5 million visitors from overseas each year, with locations like East Lothian, the East Neuk of Fife, the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Perthshire, Argyll, Angus, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands being among the country's hotspots.
Homegrown buyers often choose to buy second homes in these holiday locations. Not only do they provide a haven in which to unwind, but their enduring appeal means they are a worthwhile long-term investment. These properties will often generate a reliable rental income for second home-owners who decide to convert part of their property into holiday accommodation, or to rent out the whole property during periods they are not using it.
If you are buying a property with an eye on its commercial viability as a holiday let, you will need to factor in elements such as the additional Land and Buildings Transaction Tax paid on second home purchases, as well as location.
Of course other buyers are lucky enough to live in these beautiful holiday hotspots all year round. Here are six of the best properties in Scottish holiday locations.